Two Brown Bears Shot Dead Near Greek-Albanian Borders


Photograph of the two bears, released by Arcturos
Photograph of the two bears, released by Arcturos

On Tuesday, animal rights activists found a female brown bear and her cub shot, in a wooded area in Kastoria near the Greek-Albanian border.

Arcturos the northern Greece-based bear conservation group, was informed by police after the discovery of the dead female bear and her cub bore gunshot wounds. The authorities believe that the 150-kilogram female bear was shot several times in the snout on a nearby road, and that her body was then dragged into the woods. The 40-kilo cub also had gunshot wounds to its body.

According to Arcturos, the two bears were shot in an isolated area that has no residences or livestock farms nearby. The two bears were found dead in each other’s embrace. It is thought that the mother bear, who suffered the most serious injuries, was shot and killed first and that the cub, injured by gunfire, after wandering, returned near its mother waiting for her to wake up and then died next to her.

“This is the first time in Arcturos’s 21 years of operation that we have seen such a heinous case of murder of a mother and baby bear,” the animal conservation group stated. “Other than its environmental dimension, this case also surpasses all moral boundaries.”

The population of brown bears in Greece is estimated at 350-400.  The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is  protected under Greek law as an endangered species. Its killing can lead to imprisonment.


  1. In other news, Nicoleta clipped her toe nails too close…….

    With suicides, dumpster diving, unemployment and tax up to our necks, how is this news? They are bears. They are dead. WHO CARES.

  2. Typical answer I’d expect from a Greek. How a society treats its animals and prisoners is a good indication how “civilized” they are.

  3. Were the bears Albanian or Greek???
    If they were Greek then this is terrible.
    But if they were Albanian then to hell with them……ahahahaha!!!

  4. boooooohooooooooo

    Bears are great meat, they should shoot them and feed the poor people.

  5. How about we shoot the Albanians & Skopians etc & feed them to the bears.
    The bears are much more intelligent & civilised ahahahahqa!!!

  6. I am Greek you kangaroo banger. I served in the Greek army and don’t care for slavs, albans, germans or anyone else. But I care for Greek bears A LOT more than I care for a waste of air like you.

  7. Internet tough guy, why don’t you tell me what units in the Greek army you served in?

    And if Greece ever did go to war (God forbid), would you leave the comfort of banging kangaroos and eating vegemite, to fight in the Epsilon Sigma?

  8. Ai gamisou !!
    If you see yourself as a proud Greek then why say:
    ‘Typical answer I’d expect from a Greek’.
    Your screen name- spart short for Spartan I guess…. makes me believe you’re an army obsessed Greek expat with a chip on his shoulder.
    Reminds me of the so called ‘Spartans’ in this country…carrying on about their ancient history & scared of their own shadows.
    If you see me in the street in Kangaroo land tha katourithis!!

  9. Where you in the special forces? I can tell by how tough you talk and food falling out of your mouth

  10. Although this was a heinous crime the photo looks contrived with sow and cub in a nativity like embrace. The facts speak for themselves. It serves no purpose to stage photo opts to address an agenda, we understand the gravity and expect the authorities to arrest the culprits.

  11. My friend spart, i really like the way you write, no insults, just argument-based civilised speech. Dont listen to those b*stards, it is them who have a problem, not you. Dont expect no reason from someone who doesnt value the life of an animal, especially an endangered one, which never has done anything against humans (unless felt threatened). If we cant take care of smaller scale problems, like bear murder, major ones, like our economy state,will never be resolved

  12. Thanks Nikoleta…. I actually love bears…I think they’re cute.
    But don’t get to close; they’ll kill you!!
    My spat with Spart (pardon the pun) is really a misunderstanding as I thought he displayed anti- Greek sentiments when he said to AlithiaZito : “Typical answer I’d expect from a Greek”.

    There are so many Greek hating mounya on site that I have my back up!!